The Pope says it’s selfish to have pets instead of kids – 11 biblical takedowns
For someone in his position, Pope Francis has been fairly small-l liberal, making pronouncements about the role of women, the LGBT community and even contraception that would have had his predecessors bristling – and one of them is still alive, so he probably was bristling.
However, his latest widely reported comment hasn’t upset the right-wing, capitalist, conservative element, but *checks notes* animal-lovers.
Pope calls couples who choose pets over having children ‘selfish’ https://t.co/CW6Rc1scqk
— The Guardian (@guardian) January 5, 2022
During an audience with members of the public, the Guardian reports that he said
“We see a form of selfishness. We see that some people do not want to have a child. Sometimes they have one, and that’s it, but they have dogs and cats that take the place of children.
We lose the richness of fatherhood and motherhood, and it is the country that suffers.”
Does this mean he doesn’t believe in dog?
His comments were greeted on Twitter with great indignation and more than a few direct and indirect accusations of hypocrisy.
These comments nailed it.
has he heard of priests https://t.co/LHTgUEDGM4
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) January 5, 2022
World’s most powerful virgin makes an announcement from his jeweled throne https://t.co/1Tu3wtulST
— Jude "Maw #5 Out 1/19 – And Then It's Over” Doyle (@sadydoyle) January 5, 2022
i only adopt dogs bc i can’t have one of my own. https://t.co/3OvoOLIm4q
— kim (@KimmyMonte) January 5, 2022
— Elaine Scattermoon (@scattermoon) January 5, 2022
Is the pope going to pay for my kid's college? https://t.co/l10QSjMVmy
— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) January 5, 2022
would take massive balls for him to say this which luckily as a celibate guy he has https://t.co/jiOKKxun9J
— joe (@mutablejoe) January 5, 2022
he would feel differently if he met our hamster and saw how much she loves a broccoli https://t.co/EeSEB2QEPy
— Blake © ™ ® (@NeilNevins) January 5, 2022
let priests marry, it'll solve so many problems for you. https://t.co/5CQd0Ceqg2
— ben schwartz (@benschwartz_) January 5, 2022
Conversely, those of us with kids AND pets – "exhausted fucking idiots" https://t.co/gV2Rr3CxDn
— Martin Belam (@MartinBelam) January 5, 2022
Puppy Don't Preach https://t.co/YCs3yigEY0
— Declan Cashin (@Tweet_Dec) January 5, 2022
Drop my kids off with the pope for the weekend then see what he has to say come Monday.
— Andi (@smiles_and_nods) January 6, 2022
Blaine Capatch had one final zinger.
i feel the same way about churches that don't pay taxes https://t.co/tPVvdDhhnC
— blaine capatch (@blainecapatch) January 5, 2022